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Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor, on the Budget, BPS & reacts to the latest indictment out of City Hall

Jun 29, 2016|

Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor, on the Budget, BPS & reacts to the latest indictment out of City Hall

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He Jackson has just don't Jackson's house ladies and gentlemen got us out that area. Up the stairs area I'm I'm I'm I'm slum and ours is it is the bikini season so. Summer summer summer summer time. You have just painted a picture that a girl last year that you put them on outcome I'm very happy New Orleans. A a I don't surrogate to have you witnessed. I'm doing and eat we have budget vote today so you have so let's talk about them right out the issue shall we. The mayor has put forth but he two point nine billion dollar budget went back and added a million bucks for schools. Where does that stand what's gonna happen well. That today. Or actually be voting. No on the school wasn't I'm there was additional five million dollars place in the budget. But four point seven million to be exact only 2151000. Of that. Is going directly to schools many of you much of other money. Actually going to the ball into the European there's people going to be hired. At at the bowling building and those dollars I don't believe are you are being used effectively. To get to the school site level we still have 8% cut for autistic students. In addition we have a 21% cut for kids who have trauma. Which we refer to as emotionally impaired. Students that's that that's that's got a record 3000 dollars per child is being cut. We om and as a state. Actually in our constitution and actually know that we have to our support public education. We have I believe the finest public education system for large public schools in the United States of America that day initials were in the top two. And the only way you stay there is if you supported. We have a one point one point 8% increase eighteen million dollars in addition on that billion dollar budget. That's one point 8%. Barring and we know that that doesn't keep up with an inflationary. Costs as well is just the fixed cost Federer bear so I would not be able to support. The school budget and I will be voting. No and but I will be voting yes. Really for for justice for young people. OK so let's go back to this does for those who don't understand or don't aren't familiar with the Angeles they donors and are familiar. The bowl of building you talk about the administration's surge saying yeah yeah yeah you're saying is that they're one ad dollars to be administrative costs that are going back to the. And so we know that think that our young people to me are most valuable resource in the city of Boston. I am no one told I don't exist coal or gold or any of that stuff under our ground. This a knowledge based economy so we have to invest in our young people. And you know just to put in perspective. From Cambridge spends about 8000 dollars more per pupil. Official looking back how much money they wanna add two of the administration what did you say silver initial so that Boston Public Schools that's 57000. Students. The and budget was about one point one billion dollars. And I'm on the compared to others districts that wall. That if it is it's it's interesting so I we we should look at as per pupil expenditure we should also look at it. As a proportion of the total spend so will we look at Boston. And we look at how much we spend on schools. As part of our Lar as a as part of our budget as a whole I'm Boston is in the bottom third bond 94 point 5%. Of that cities towns and communities in the state of Massachusetts spin higher proportion of there are. Their total budget on schools so were behind a Nat and tax base. Arm and also our young people have more challenge poverty is a challenge. Us special education as well as English language learners the proportion that we have is some of the highest actually in the state of Massachusetts. So at this point from what they needed was about forty million dollars and we're trying to Philly for me and our whole. With the eighteen a million dollars on the net that's actually doesn't work so how much again let me ask you was going toward administrative costs is can we can you derive some of the there so and they do an additional debt that additional four point seven Marie and he put back. 2151000. Dollars is going to early learning Summers. Early learning centers are the places that actually were closing the achievement gap in the city of Austin you have care. From 730 to 430 in the afternoon which means if you're working single parent. I'm your child one is gonna replace their safe. But the other court but the amazing partly excites me is that those places and and our our kindergartners. War poor black and Latino kids are catching up these of their took their peers. Come and in note in those early Lawrence Summers so we're actually they're taking in nine point 900 days after initially had a 900000 dollar car. Across all of the early learning centers. And that 2151000. Was given back foot and for that 915. Novel. The reason why this is all all an issue is who real about a 115 million dollars in new money. Carry your taxes we wanna affluent appreciate. Rather be with another and you just pre tax that we appreciate. Thank you very much so on yeah I didn't I didn't read the entire check but I'm have a good reason you know I'll bet large proportion with the you know America better answer and we we really truly appreciate that. And so we have the money this year right and we hit eight million dollars left over from snow. And instead of investing Matt Ian schools. We actually invested Davenport's. I'm not parks. But parks is different part of the budget that's that's our. In our capital so we will at the council vote on on three things that we will vote on operating budget for the city of Boston. You school board for the city of Boston and the capital budget which has rolled Orioles bridges and sidewalks and all that stuff so. Again I would not be able to support with this the school side of the. It's excellent 76 X 6868. Yen. Would like to ask Tito any questions this morning when we come back. Tito something to happen this morning and that's died breaking news there's been another indictment at city normally ask you about that. It's 759 of the W mark you know boston.com more action of the fifth keepers Tuesdays with T go on each. And stay. That's kind of sits Tuesday's appeal on Wednesday. You're not mess up it is Wednesday. It's on days building that the funniest thing I don't I don't know why it is really not funny a charity you laugh this time I left last I've. That happens. That's it for free movie theater it's our right as you're about to sort of a real awkward position right now as well hey give it right through it. It would mention this is breaking news this morning Timothy Sullivan. He's the acting director of the city's office of intergovernmental relationships he's been named in it to count indictment. By by prosecutors this morning all of this related to of course Kenneth percent. Who. Has also been indicted and this is. We had a big concert guys that we're. Lehman was the concert music in your rumors are just early June and I don't mega market and we had some issues here apparently it was in the concert we got to. Boston calling and there was some issues related to get some. Union workers there vs those who are already in place. And getting permits and an investigation started in that investigation continues now US attorney Carmen Ortiz. Her office as the one responsible for this now we can't our second indictment. The question has been all along whether the mayor is. Under scrutiny and whether he has even gone before. The grand jury he won't say. He won't say anything about this and he's been asked point blank Tito. Are you gotta be indicted. Any ransom that. And I don't know if you'll answer it and I don't know what you now that you're here with us and use you acted very surprised when he heard victims Sullivan's been indicted this morning. I. I am not really really surprised. We we've worked with with him. Throughout the last two and a half years on pump budgets as well as other other pieces. Arm it's this is really sad and really unfortunate. And you know I think the objective of government is to actually provide the services are for folks come on up and up but the united right again this is a the I'm on welcomed us from under us. Take him back fellow and I didn't know not not as good devote restore but I've I think. You know we we do we do need to let it play out the people we we've we've do Livan and a country where. We there's a presumption of innocence. Prior to anything but the real underlying issues that. This is bad for government as a whole. On and that you know they. Had a look he answered I mean let's just face it though Tim Sullivan before he joined them there at City Hall. He was the legislative in communication director for the Massachusetts AF LCI. Martin Walsh went into this job. With secrets we all knew his connections to labor. Unions and I think everybody and he ran promising that there would not be favoritism. And he's been an office of very short amount of time and we're seeing all these kinds of things this is making people question. Marty Walsh and his administration and to me. This is weakening his his position in the city. Airmen I just think. That we live better pick and a time where people are reasonably cynical. The government as a whole right arm and things such as this. I'm again. Fair enough swings of that the cynicism. Our relative two. Whether or not things are are done up and up and and bomb on on the street Merrill. I've. She worked with him on a legislation in my time. And you know these skis seem very even killed. During the time that I was you know work work with him also work with our cameraman. I worked in the the Patrick administration as well as this one so this is again really really surprising. We have to have a city. On the city of Boston has to be a city on that is open for business for everybody. On and people. In particular and in innovation city or people coming up wooden stuff all the time. Tom we have to elevate things so everyone has an opportunity to get to the table. Fairly and to be able to transact business on on a fair playing field and that and that's for anybody and regardless of whether you come and meet. Or are another part of government. We you should have the same opportunity Kim if you set up you're you know that the Kim fast come to be able to do business. Give permits and do all all of those things and in particular are on City Hall plaza it has to be. A plaza of a fairness and so might become you know we will see how Powell of this op play exile but very very fortunate four of these individuals and and again city government state government ought and that added as a whole. TO I guess my question is to you how'd he get beyond that distraction I mean when this happens you know let's say in the sports. Field you know players and coaches just stick to the game plan they worry about the next. Game coming up and they don't worry about all the garbage that's going on around them I guess you're in the similar situation is business still has to be done in City Hall. So you know today's a budget missile that's one of them it's literally the most important thing that is written in tore JavaScript and so you know full speed ahead relative to. Being able to to do right by the people in the city of Boston particularly young people. At one of the most active years that we've seen for youth advocacy in the city of Boston 2650. Young people said. I you do right by us or Norwalk school so we have a an amazing. Amazing momentum in terms of engagement this year. And so you know we have to our our job is to get up every single day. And to do what we have to do for the people of the city of Boston Tom answering Emma and many parts of my job or not policy oriented a lot of a lot of my job is literally. You know maybe you have things that you see. I'm so here we have to continue to focus but I gimmick it it it is it does make it. More if well it be difficult because some look at today there's a piece in the Boston Globe today. I'm sorry to keep going back to I have to I did come back to Marty Walsh again. You're either trying to do your job to go and you kind of mayor who is got to. High ranking individuals in Hughes administration who have been indicted. We've got now the attorney general having to sue an organization IndyCar because of Tryon a boring Indy cart of the city and the mayor was. Was involved in that now people are gay and I only use a crude word and I get their money back and she's gonna have to sue them. We had this whole Olympic debacle. I mean we we've got we've got a situation after situation and the mayor seems to be standing right in the middle that Heidi Annie get your job done if you've got a mere does that distract. All we we have. Again. Focus our eyes on the pins are we we were sent here to do I'm we we live in the best city in the United States of America the reason why and and another bunch of my Olympic fans out there when it comes down to it. We we were still an amazing city and a war clutch city without the Olympics and without spending twelve billion dollars my issue is. When it comes and and no one. Love supporting more than I do. But now twelve billion dollar thirty days party. I'm verses what what were now having a conversation. About the news. Do we have of their 2220. Million dollars for schools are so you got to really think about. The nuts and bolts. Of I'm Powell we are are advancing a things and and in the city of awesome and so. Again it is up to us to choose the it's subscribe to a thesis of that everyone in the city of Boston's deserves a shot in a particular at a time when I don't and and and look it was a globe reported. 50% of people assume your boss and make 35000 dollars or less is so. A whole lot of work to do to feel when that hold to bridge that divide because that really means is to separate cities because in the sea port. All of those mean things that they're building over there are million dollar condos. And then we have folks who were or being forced out of the cities of of our city. And I'm who at this point are really have an a tough target. We also have issues that we and have to do with during the summer around issues of our environment and bounced prevention. Rich are about that after the break called on Tito were targeted GO Jackson city councilor it is 813 of the WRQ Boston doc how mortgage. RK a lapse. Eighteen of the WR KL Boston got them warnings you know markets he April was when he's got a question for Q good morning mark. Yeah our people gap from day. Vote for all. You have to give statistics you twist on. Instead at all. Social Security true. Not Perry is not good paying so much just suspend last with the other that your coach savage comes. Come come up. And matches arrest to a steady. It was fairness is pretty low Wal-Mart here uncheck a lawyer out of parts of the but not prayer. People definitely go walk hooligans are. I think he started about the numbers are there you know I I compare item on our voter education and so are we don't have a securely but I'm when it's over the winter comes round Stewart. I'm as as folks are actually see acting and and when when it comes Wal-Mart now was not a proponent for for Wal-Mart in. A ball in Boston in particular might district from wal mart's it is shown to have to knock out a bond to the mobile business is right very very quickly. Armed and so we have parts of the city of Boston that doing amazing inquiry it's seven billion dollars up stuff that's being built. I'm right now but we also have parts of the city. That have torn apart 30% unemployment and so we do need to have people who were going to be a value and then and and this is high cost region list let's also be very honest were having conversations by high cost power right. So when it comes down to. I don't want a teacher Bob Barr attending a night. I wanna I wanna I want you to be correcting papers I want to focus on what you need to focus on and understand. In the future and I and I think our the my friend from paper Halen setup today for at least. It debt when it comes down to about what we need to invest and if we invest in education. That we can cut funding for department of corrections and 57. 88 years it's fifty but by the way it's 191100. Dollars and educator young person in the city of Boston but it's 50000. Dollars to incarcerate everybody sort of paying now or pay leader with a great deal of interest our proposal in front. OK so let's talk about incarceration. Which it that the terrible it was a terrible Segway but we're gonna talk about any lack. Very traditionally. We in the weather gets warm here the kids get out of school X we see balanced weapons and so what's plan for the summer what are we doing to protect the kids in the city residents of the city and visitors to the city. Yeah so I think there's a couple of I think we're gonna miss that missed one opportunity so eight million dollars left over from missed the dollars in the snow. Because it was a mild winter. We could have actually given almost every young person in studio boss and a job. Right out six to eight hours a day. Of young people being off the street and actually making their own money. I think would have been a really great place to use our bills dollars instead of using them for capital improvements. On on top athletes and and and and in parts I love parks. But we have a place to get those dollars which is an art in our capital budget will we actually are able to more ties that over thirty years but there are many neighborhood associations. A community based. Organizations. One I met with the the other days Madison IMAP or some park. Our neighborhood development corporation their hired sixty dot kids on their own I'm Don. Twenty some on of those young people are what we refer to a corporate opportunities. What's there have been involved in the courts and so we also have to. In store that not only. On a rural students are getting jobs we need to ensure that the young people who perhaps some obstacles. On that odd that we actually ensure that they have job that you were forced him. Training and development and so that's really what we're what we're going to be focused on. But I would also are called to the carpet our friends in the corporate space we need you to step up. If it a young person's Rick Warren brown. I was a young man who got shot in front of the Burkhardt school. That's a loss not only to Roxbury Dorchester man up and that's a loss to the future of the city of Boston so I called on bomb all of those folks in the chamber of commerce and and all of the large companies in this and in the city of Boston it's 11100 bucks. To take one student for a summer. Step up we we are and and I challenge you to help. With what that future and also given some skills because those are your future work out so there's an investment there so our I would I would I tossup that talents are to my friends and and in the corporate space. Those idled mines and and that idle time on little lighter idolize a lot of. The we you know all of our grandmas of said that. Bill Evans is going to be on tomorrow police commissioner to talk to him more about this felony askew. Community policing here summertime is the time it seems to me you will we see that. Increase that we are you or you an idea what we will see our. We are. Visit cold nineteen in May they have to get our cars and interact with the community I I think there's a couple things that we should be doing we have what we used to have 62 teams which were. People on bikes. Who hang out with specific error that. The cops right so that means AFC Kim there every single day. You build a relationship and understand you know when it comes to something bad happening. You get information in trusted relationship and if I want a glamorous or were very. A Kim sun melts the sudden happened on a street. That's going to be a normal flow of information vs not having. That someone who's regularly they're so weak I believe we should I pull back out to bat. Arm and we also need to know that it's the relationships that will help us we can't arrest our way out of this right so that's another component. And then on this and other peace week really is that we have to really work armed. Bacon sort of people part of our economy that they can take care of themselves because a lot of what drives what's out there and is is back and forth. Around another economy that we're not talking about on that we actually have to bring the bring to the table so you know again our commissioner Evans. That's it's very very adept and his job and a really good not commissioner a but there's still more that we can do. One other piece we need more diversity in our police department. On the last few classes have had. Warner two or three people of color. That is not a reflection of the city of Boston and we need to have police force that is a reflection is that because they're not applying or is that does this interest in peace right down the almost all of our classes are veterans now. Like almost like a 100% bag right OK and so bomb if you got a hundred and you are non veteran the American. Right and so we have to have are some conversation and and again I want honor our veterans but in particular I want to honor our veterans were from Boston. Right and so. You know having and and having people. I'm from all around the country that we've we actually in terms of pay we do pretty well and awesome all right Tom art art averages 110. And so which we need to buy it again Beazer it's a really difficult job of common one that most of possibly but with only 2%. Of the whole country is an in law enforcement I'm very honorable job or we need to make sure armed that we have folks also from the from the city of Boston but people of color and organizations like Graham Leo. Our our step and out and I'm and really making. Important demands arm and I support Thurman and and bill Porsche. Two and incorporate a diversity and to the police department. Tino I wanna get your take on a story that a lot of people are talking about this morning also good and that's at Boston Latin yes sure you're very familiar with what's going on is how this story is developing a master Nguyen Mooney Tate and an assistant headmaster Malcolm plenum already resigned from the school here. Obviously the the video exposing racist abuse and racial protests I'm just wondering. What kind of leadership role does the city mayor Marty Walsh perhaps. Someone like yourself need to take to kind of you know. Home the situation there and so you know this is and really unfortunate such words and for how long it's been going on. I'm I began my I got involved in this in January 2 from fifteen. Am I want to speak at the school for Martin Luther King Day. And after I spoke some of the students pulled me aside and said hey I need to show you beat its user and abuser are a Twitter interaction. Between some of the students at the school. And and honest and really really re the blatantly racist this is not this would this whose. What you're innuendo that's OK if you don't like it here you shouldn't you can go back to Africa we should have brought you that that was the bat type stuff right. And so. In a school setting and in especially with social media. I'm not mad and it happens it's how you address that right and so when it comes down to how you address that bomb. I actually. Wrote a letter to. Want to add the students were at thought that this would be handled if so and it wasn't until March whatever page norm met would've known known bow right. Give you get to march I wrote a letter to superintendent Tom McDonough as well as other have master had a meeting this particular pick here. January 2016. They asked me to go back to speak of the schools I don't know Montague regrets speak for one big bailout mean to do it over. Who back to speak at the school and it's still. There's issues hadn't been addressed but that's one thing I must ensure like a quarter up your high school for four years so whole year when I. And these issues are not robbed and address I am. I am opt cautiously optimistic. Because. Mister C. Mr. Connell process. Is really the a nationally renowned educator and he's someone who. People doing it is in from these interim but he's been superintendent of schools. He also worked at the national department by the federal Department of Education so this he must come processed knows that school and he actually. He would seek god and he would he became became headmaster of a year after it was born. In 76. Right so he knows. How to run odd that school. Bomb and the other pieces that there are other by individuals who coming. We have to deal with this issue of cultural competence. There and it's not only a Boston Latin school issue. We need to look at the Boston Public Schools as a whole in a factor and we actually need to. Looker the city of Boston we haven't had some of these real conversation and kind of like being in the relationship perspective something between you hum. That's been under the just really under the skin for a little bit. On what ends up happening is that still but I was sure it hurts us and so as a city of Boston we have I think a seminal moment for us how a real. In depth conversation about issues of race are inequality outclassed for all of those issues with this and by the way I still wanna give. A bunch of props to the young women who stepped up. And actually called us up to the carpet to say this is not OK in 2016. That these things are happening. And so one about an unfortunate occurrence of happenings that you have adults. Well online and I don't I don't normally read the comments are from what. But right court who were attacking young people yeah that's not OK you can attack me I'm good. Right you can say whatever you want to buy hourly job board up when young people that what young people who pass and understand right now just to be very clear there's no affirmative action at Boston Latin school. Every single one of those young people was in the top 1%. Of the people to take that test right. So the job of that school is an Maceda you have. Fumbles some of the most talented young people. In the city of Boston so I am I am are cautiously optimistic. I I but I do know I'm I'm very confident in in the skills. As well as the leadership ability of Michael Conner pop this on the and I believe that he wolf. Operating ordered to the situation Tito Jackson City Council member thank you very much for being years are happy fourth of July thank you so much Kim and I will see you back very very soon and art I'm so happy I get to do radio because that's what my face has made four. Thanks to.